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[[caption-width-right:350:Just one of those days.]]

When a sufficiently large group of characters or extras in a comedy {{Anime}} or AnimatedSeries are pursuing someone angrily, they appear as a ThunderingHerd covered in a noisy budget-saving cloud of dust, optionally with torsos, heads, and arms sticking out. An alternate presentation, popular in [[JapaneseVisualArtsTropes anime and manga]], presents a five-story-tall cloud of people chasing the protagonist. Sufficiently wound up single characters can also appear as a one-person ThunderingHerd when pursuing or fleeing in panic.

Members of a [[HaremGenre Harem]] or LoveDodecahedron sometimes chase the object(s) of their romantic desire down the street in a ThunderingHerd.

The ThunderingHerd is generally accompanied by loud sound effects (rumbling, crashing, shouting, the cries of bystanders), and frequently by the StarTrekShake. Sometimes it is visible only as a cloud of dust (or distinct geysers of dust) behind other scenery.

A SubTrope of EveryoneChasingYou.

Compare WheelOFeet, BigBallOfViolence.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', too many times to count. One such chase scene takes form under the opening credits for the first ''Ranma'' movie (called ''Big Trouble in Nekonron, China'' in North America) and lasts five minutes or more of screen time; it starts with a single person chasing Ranma, and slowly builds up until it seems that the entire city of Tokyo is on his heels. The Herd is also rife with [[TheCameo cameos]] from the television series and manga.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''
** Episode 1 introduces the male lead to his new staff as they charge in a cloud of squeals, aprons, and barely repressed {{Shotacon}}.
** In episode 12 all of the maids charge Taro to give him birthday presents.
** In ''La Verite'' episode 1 the maids charge Taro en masse in the (giant) bath room, while they and he are naked.
* ''UruseiYatsura'' throws these in so regularly that you can almost set your watch by them -- not that this helps the poor YuppieCouple that invariably get run over by the mob.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Tomo, being the GenkiGirl on a continuous amphetamine high, is capable of creating a one-girl Thundering Herd.
* Sana from ''KodomoNoOmocha'' is also energetic enough to make one of these all by herself.
* ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'', episode 2.
* ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil''
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' sometimes flees as a single-person ThunderingHerd.
* More serious example: the Ohmu from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind''.
* In ''UFOPrincessValkyrie'', the mob of catgirl maids form a ThunderingHerd when they go looking for Waru-chan. When they don't find her, Sanada makes one all by herself.
* ''NagasareteAriantou'' has one in the opening.
* What happens to the four {{Bishounen}} in ''TheWallflower'', but mostly to Kyouhei.
* In the early parts of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', main lead [[ChickMagnet Negi]] occasionally has to outrun his WackyHomeroom whenever some rumour about his ([[KidHero essentially non-existent]]) love-life comes up.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Gauls attacking the Romans in ''{{Asterix}},'' specially in the movies.
* In "What If Everyone Who Ever Had Been an Avenger Had Remained an Avenger?" (from ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #34, an issue full of short takes spoofing the normal "SeriousBusiness" nature of most "What If" stories), the entire hundred-plus man superteam responds to a convenience store robbery... and exit Avengers Mansion in a Thundering Herd.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Happens several times in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''.
* Happens in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-10-16 students flee]] the Omega Goo.
* Occurs in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', comprised of many forest creatures who want Antimony's and Andrew's help for (mostly) [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1193 trivial reasons.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Ur-example: the Roadrunner from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
* Another serious example occurs in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with the wildebeest stampede. In fact, many viewers saw it as NightmareFuel.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends,'' Cheese was understandably freaked out when seeing a horde of imaginary friends of all shapes and sizes bearing down on him.
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